Details' Matt McAllester goes behind-the-scenes at the harmful and controversial practice of performing "exorcisms" of gay demons. These so-called "deliverances" are often performed in Pentecostal and evangelical churches on LGBT youth, such as 20-year-old Kevin Robinson.
"You need to be delivered from homosexuality," the prophet said into a microphone so that all the church could hear. Kevin was embarrassed, but he stayed put. This was no normal preacher—she spoke God's truth. According to church dogma, homosexuality is a sin foisted on humans by demons who take possession of their bodies and compel them to act against God's will. These evil spirits can be exorcised by those trained in spiritual warfare in a ritual known among Pentecostal Christians as deliverance. Perhaps, Kevin thought, this prophet could finally deliver him from his demons.
The prophet placed her hands on Kevin and began to pray over him. "Come out, come out!" she shouted. "In the name of Jesus, I command you to come out! You gonna free him right now!"
Kevin closed his eyes, thinking to himself, "There's something wrong with me; I need to change." A part of him believed this prophet could do what no one else had been able to do during previous deliverance attempts—make him heterosexual. But the prophet was loud and she looked at him with disgust and contempt as her chants became more and more belligerent. Even now Kevin can't bring himself to repeat the most hurtful things she said. He soon began to cry. And then, with the prophet still exhorting the demons in him to depart, he blacked out and collapsed. ... It was, by Kevin's count, at least the 10th time since he was 16 that he'd subjected himself to gay exorcism.
Kevin Robinson's church is not in the Bible Belt and is located in Massachusetts, where marriage equality is the law.
You may recall last June, a video of a black charismatic church performing an exorcism on a gay teenager in Bridgeport, Connecticut—another gay friendly state with marriage equality—appeared on YouTube. The Connecticut Department of Children and Families investigated Manifested Glory Ministries but no charges were brought. The 16-year-old later appeared on Tyra Banks and claims he has been "healed" by the exorcism and is no longer gay.
And a special note: Details interviews DL Foster, the black Atlanta-based so-called "ex-gay" minister who admits that he still has "homosexual desires." You can say that again, "DL".